Fraud Program

While citizens can report suspected fraud to our Citizens Hotline, state and local governments should report the problem using the online Report a Fraud form.

  • What to do if you suspect fraud
    State agencies and local governments should start here if they need to check requirements before reporting known or suspected loss of public funds.
  • Guidance in preventing fraud 
    Our goal is to give state and local governments the necessary tools to prevent and detect fraud. We also have many online and downloadable resources.
  • Presentations
    The Fraud Team conducts extensive fraud prevention training, and frequently give presentations to officials and organizations across the state.

We use our experience, knowledge of governments, assessment tools, and legal requirements of the program to determine which potential losses we will investigate, because we want to conduct investigations on the most significant issues and use program resources effectively.

Over the last 26 years, the State Auditor's Office has issued reports on more than 1,000 fraud investigations – the total worth of the losses came to over $24.4 million. In 2012 alone, we reported on 64 cases with a total loss of more than $3.4 million.

For more information, please contact Sarah Walker, Fraud Manager, at 509-454-3621 or sarah.walker@sao.wa.gov

 
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